Today I came back from 10th Polish Game Engineering Conference - X jubileuszowa Ogólnopolska Konferencja Inżynierii Gier Komputerowych IGK2013, which took place at Uniwersytet Przyrodniczo-Humanistyczny in Siedlce, Poland. See also Facebook page and topic on forum.warsztat.gd.
It was fun :) Maybe papers were not the highest possible quality in scientific terms. I also noticed complete lack of presentations from any companies producing "big" PC or console games. There were only talks about mobile and web-based games, as well as serious games - simulation and training for military.
The presentation I liked the most was "Desert Tycoon - Gra stworzona na piasku" by Konrad Rodzik and Jarek Potiuk from Polidea. They talked about their first iPhone game - Desert Tycoon. It's a game like Farmville, but taking place on Arabian desert. I was amazed by the openess they present when talking about what went good or wrong and all the technical details of their work. It was very interesting to hear about e.g. the quirks of rendering text in Arabic language.
My second favorite talk was "Testowanie rozproszonych aplikacji mobilnych opartych na Unity3D" by Marcin Korniluk and Piotr Duda. It's not the most interesting subject for me, but I liked the structure of this talk. They showed what they are talking about and what problem they want to address and then they presented the solution they are working on.
The big name of this conference was probably Sos Sosowski with his talk "It's not a bug, it's a feature". This indie game developer, author of McPixel, has great talent for speaking in funny and engaging way.
I'm glad we managed to organize the quiz. Congratulations artpoz for winning! I will publish the application we used along with all the questions we asked in the following days and link it from here. Meanwhile please leave your comments about any ideas, what you liked or not liked about this game, how we could improve the rules, the app and what kinds of questions would you prefer to see next year.
Of course on Sunday there was also game development competition. 12 teams participated this year. The theme was: "Artiller game - multiple ways of destroying map, hp & mp - at least 2 kinds of energies - achievements - multiplayer". We took 4th place. I will publish our entry soon. I think the level this year was quite high. Almost all compo entries looked like nice games. My favourite game was the one from team "Kryzys". They made a game for two players with top-down view about tanks shooting each other with different kinds of weapons and destroying the map. Tanks were controlled by... smartphones with Windows, using touchscreen and accelerometer.
There were around 70 participants this year. The possibly biggest groups were people from Polygon (game programming interest group at Warsaw University of Technology), Warsztat community, Vexillium group, Ganymede (game development company, one of the sponsors). Here is a group photo.
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